From docs to teachers to dolphin carers - you're wanted in Greater Bay Area

Top News | Carine Chow 9 Jul 2021

Fresh graduates from Hong Kong and Macau are eligible to apply for more than 9,000 positions at public institutions in the Greater Bay Area, according to the Guangdong provincial government.

Its Human Resource and Social Security Department said it is offering 20,000 positions, including 9,000 for which Hongkongers are eligible.

The jobs are in the cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing and those in provincial institutions of Guangdong. They include teachers, doctors and lawyers for the judiciary.

There are also unique jobs such as caretakers for Chinese white dolphins and forest preservation staff.

Applicants must have Chinese nationality, comply with mainland laws and support the leadership of the Communist Party. They must not endanger national safety and unification.

Candidates must log in to the application system on July 29 and 30 to confirm their spots for a written test set for August 22. A face-to-face interview will be held later.

Candidates need the obtain their "Yuekang Code" - the health code system in Guangdong - 14 days prior to the written test.

Those who have been to middle-to-high risk areas two weeks before the exam must hold valid proof of a negative virus test result while those who stayed overseas, Hong Kong and Taiwan 21 days before the exam would not be allowed to take the test.

Kwun Tong district councillor Frankie Ngan Man-yu said Hong Kong youths have a "double advantage." He added: "They receive university education in Hong Kong, where the way of teaching and system used are recognized by international institutions. At the same time, they are also familiar with the Chinese culture and workplace culture."

Having such staff "can help companies in the mainland enter the global market."

Ngan sees more vacancies for Hong Kong and Macau people in the future given the manpower shortage in the mainland.

Bill Tang Ka-piu of the Federation of Trade Unions said the SAR government should devote more effort in helping young people adapt.

"The government can collaborate with nongovernmental organizations and alliances and carry out youth work in the mainland, so these young people can pass their experience on to help the younger generation," he said.

But the opportunities are not for everybody. Mak, a physical education and recreation management graduate from Baptist University, said he has no plans to move north at the moment. He added: "My major is sports sciences and I think it has a greater potential to develop in Hong Kong."

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